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This page is dedicated to the 2007 World AIDS Day Campaign. December 1st is the day for people around the world to unite in the fight against AIDS. Whether we have the virus or not, none of us are more than a "few degrees" removed from someone who is infected with HIV/AIDS. There is still a lot to fight for: the epidemic is still growing.
The 2007 World AIDS Day theme is "leadership", and BlackPlanet.com is encouraging everyone to show leadership - individual, in families, communities or in your place of work! It's time to take a stand and lead in the fight against it.

Join the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness in the Black community! Here's how you can do your part:

  • - Educate yourself about the HIV/AIDS virus
  • - Practice prevention and protect yourself from getting infected
  • - Know your status - get tested regularly
It is important that we, as African-Americans take a stand and acknowledge that there is a major problem with HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Take a stand about the issues that our community faces and keep the promise!

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  • HIV is a leading cause of death among Blacks 24 to 44.
  • Black women are diagnosed with HIV 20 times more often than White women.
  • Young people 13-24 account for 13% of new HIV diagnoses.
  • Black men are diagnosed with HIV 8 times more often than White men.
  • Blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population but 50% of new HIV cases in 2004.

What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day a day of Awareness for the HIV/AIDS plague that threatens humanity. Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed every December 1st. This is a day for people around the world to unite in the fight against AIDS.

How does AIDS/HIV affect me and the Black community?
The AIDS virus is not just attacking Africa. It has also had a major impact on the United States. It is increasing among Blacks, Hispanics, Gays and Women more than any other groups.

What is HIV, and how is it different from AIDS?
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. Your immune system protects you from germs and infections to keep you from getting sick. Once HIV is in your system, it lowers the number of healthy immune cells that you have to fight germs and infections. When the number of healthy cells drops low and you get certain infections, this is known as AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). For some people it takes a long time for AIDS to develop, for others it takes less time.

How does someone get HIV?
People get infected with HIV through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids - but not saliva. These fluids can be passed between two people in a variety of ways, including having unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, or anal), sharing needles, or even from tattooing or body piercing. Kissing is usually okay, but it is safest to avoid "deep kissing." People do not get HIV by hugging, shaking hands, bug bites, spit, or living with someone who has HIV. You should get tested for HIV if you have ever had unprotected sex (oral, vaginal or anal) or if you have had contact with body fluids of someone who may be HIV positive.

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